Hurricane Hilary’s Influence on Boise Roads: 7 Tips for Staying Safe
As the Boise area and Treasure Valley residents brace themselves for the remnants of Hurricane Hilary, it's imperative to prepare for adverse driving conditions. This morning there were several reports of accidents.
The effects of this weather system are expected to bring heavy rain, high winds, and low visibility, making our roads particularly treacherous — more than usual. Here are some essential tips to ensure your safety on the slick and stormy Boise roads:
In the face of reduced traction due to rain-soaked roads, the first rule of thumb is to slow down and stay off of your vehicle's "cruise" settings. Excessive speed can lead to skidding or hydroplaning, so take your time and maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you.
Visibility can plummet during these storms, so even if it's daytime, turn on your headlights. Don't forget to ensure your windshield wipers are in top working condition to keep your windshield clear of rain.
Avoid making sudden and sharp maneuvers while driving in wet, slippery conditions. Gradual movements are key to maintaining control and avoiding accidents.
Before hitting the road, it's wise to check your tires. Proper inflation and adequate tread are vital for good traction, especially on slick surfaces.
Keep an eye out for puddles, as standing water can cause hydroplaning. If it's safe to do so, drive around them, and exercise caution when navigating through water-covered areas.
Remember, if high winds accompany the rain, maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel, especially on open stretches of road or bridges where gusts can be stronger.
Lastly, remain focused on the task at hand. Eliminate distractions such as texting or talking on the phone while driving. Your undivided attention to the road is crucial during adverse weather conditions.
As Hurricane Hilary's influence makes its way to Boise, adapting to these changing road conditions is essential for your safety and that of your fellow drivers. Let's all do our part to ensure a safe and secure journey amidst the storm.